in my life this month...Fall--kind-of. It is starting to cool off here just a bit, which means that sometimes in the morning we might need a jacket. And then in the afternoon it's back to 85 degrees.
I'm pretending that it is full-fledged fall, though, which means that I am burning a pumpkin patch scented candle and turning the air way down, lol!
But with fall comes homeschool restlessness and field trips, both of which we've had a ton of. (I think the field trips are more of an attempt to end the restlessness...)
Fall also brings the end (technically) of one soccer season and the beginning of school soccer season. Even though Turtle is homeschooled, we are able to take advantage of the opportunity (torture session) of having her play ball for our local junior high school. For her, it means a chance to visit with friends and play soccer in the "off" season. For us it means more soccer.
As in twice-daily soccer now until her club season ends.
And really, really cold bleacher seats as we get closer to the end of the year. Joy.
in our homeschool this month...Turtle continues to cruise through Video Text Algebra. She has fully finished Unit One, complete with two attempts at the Unit Test. She is working on Middle European countries in Geography, and has just finished her character essay on The Hobbit. All of her online courses are done now, and we decided not to start any more. So, for the remainder of 8th grade, she will be working on: Algebra, Literature, Biology, Geography, Grammar, and History, as well as weekly Community Bible Study.
Firefly is working hard in Heart of Dakota's Preparing Hearts for His Glory. This month we covered the Israelites in the Promised Land, Moses, and Early Greeks and Romans. We are still loving this curriculum, and both (actually, all three--Bug loves to listen in) of us are learning a ton! She is continuing to work slowly through Teaching Textbooks 5, writing some paragraphs with the help of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and is almost through All About Spelling Level 2. She and Bug are both enjoying our new study of Chemistry and Physics--shocking--with Apologia!
Bug and I are working together in his Singapore Math 1B, and reading together daily. We are using the spelling lists in Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory, and he is actually beginning to use phonics to spell! Other than that, we have moved more into read-alouds, file folder games, and centers. His centers this month have been Halloween, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Greece. This is working out really, really well for us, and I really, really plan to have a blog post about it soon.
places we're going and people we're seeing...Yeah. Remember the restlessness and the field trips?
Well, we started out the month at a soccer tournament for both girlies--where both won their respective brackets! It was a long, exhausting, but exciting weekend--followed by a four-hour drive home.
We took a fun afternoon off to spend with friends at a local park, and Turtle practiced some of her photography skills.
All of this happened in between the practices, art classes, orthodontist trips, Bible Studies, co-ops, book clubs--and three fun birthdays this month!
my favorite thing this month...Hubby and I took a weekend trip up to Clemson, South Carolina, for the FSU / Clemson football game. We stayed in a cabin with five other couples, tailgated all day long, and had a completely wonderful time!
AND...the Seminoles won--which made the weekend even better!
things I am grateful for...The freedom to homeschool. Wonderful friends. Being home with my family. The smell of my pumpkin candle even when it's 80 degrees outside. The health of my kiddos so that they can play their sports.
My Bug--and the gift of having him for seven wonderful years as of this month!
things I am praying for...Continued prayers for a dear friend whose husband is on a long deployment. The safety of said husband. Another friend whose aunt is dying an uncomfortable death. Continued prayers, also, for our country and its leadership.
a photo to share...This one just makes me laugh every time I look at it!
Linked up this week at So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler? and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.